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Teaching nirvana: can you learn happiness?

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Malone Mullin, The Student Newspaper: Maybe it’s not so easy to buy happiness, but what about learning it? That’s what the Dalai Lama and UK glad-mongers Action For Happiness offer in a free class launched last Monday. The 8-week mindfulness course promises to “leave people happier and more likely to ...

New neuroscience reveals four rituals that will make you happy

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Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree: You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Actually, don’t trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot ...

Meditation can improve your life and work, but you have to do it like you mean it

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Dov Seidman, Quartz: As those of us in the Northern hemisphere settle into the autumn, I’m mindful of persistent advice from business gurus telling me that I should be practicing mindfulness, but I’m even more mindful that mindfulness has become one of the most overused, watered-down tropes of the year. The ...

Train your brain to be happy: the many health benefits of meditation

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Kriti Malik , NDTV: We live in a world marred by distraction. Our minds are always racing, and we constantly seek some thing or the other to meet our needs and desires. As Buddha says, we’re hurling from one pleasant experience to the next – “What’s for lunch?”, “how will ...

How corporates co-opted the art of mindfulness to make us bear the unbearable

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Zoë Krupka, The Conversation: Almost every person who walks through my practice doorway is anxious in some way. And so they should be. While their anxiety might be blasting messages at an overly high volume, the messages themselves are worth paying attention to: abusive relationships, significant losses and workplaces that ...

Can mindfulness help patients stick to lifestyle changes?

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Kristin Gourlay, RIPR: Changes to diet and exercise can have a big impact on health. But sticking with a new regimen can be tough. Scientists are wondering whether a practice called mindfulness can help. Now a team of Brown University researchers has won a multi-million dollar federal grant to find ...

What is mindfulness and what can it do for you?

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Blayne Pereira, CMI: What is it? Like many buzzwords, it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact (and concise) definition for ‘mindfulness’. Professor Mark Williams of the University of Oxford, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field, has given a comprehensive description of mindfulness. “It is a translation of a ...

How Good Cheer Spreads Through Teen Social Networks

In recent years, the idea of contagion has spread far beyond medicine, all the way to the social sciences. Researchers have demonstrated how a variety of problematic behaviors, including smoking and overeating, tend to spread among friends, not unlike an infectious disease. Well, a new study reports this dynamic can also ...